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Worker still in poor condition


A man rescued Tuesday from a collapsed trench in Columbia County remained in serious condition Saturday, a spokeswoman for Medical College of Georgia Hospital said.

William Gillenwater was initially in fair condition and was upgraded to good condition Wednesday. But Friday morning his condition worsened, and as of Saturday he was still in serious condition, the spokeswoman said.

Mr. Gillenwater and Lee Hobbs were working on sewer lines in a trench along Blue Ridge Drive in Martinez about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday when the trench collapsed, emergency officials said.

Mr. Hobbs, of Hobbs and Sons Construction Co., was able to dig himself out and was treated at MCG for minor injuries and released, the spokeswoman said.

Mr. Gillenwater remained trapped in knee-high mud for more than two hours before emergency workers were able to free him.

A.R. Johnson holds information meeting

A. R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet High School will have an open house and informational night for prospective students and their parents Monday.

The event will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and is open to all Richmond County residents with children who will be in ninth or 10th grade in the next school year.

The school is at 1324 Laney Walker Blvd. For more information, call (706) 823-6933.

Teen Years workshop is open to families

Columbia County Magistrate Judge Wade Padgett will offer a Teen Years 101 workshop for teens and their parents at 7 p.m. Monday.

The workshop has been presented several times in Columbia County. This session will be at the Richmond County Board of Education central office, 864 Broad St.

Sierra Club features stream presentation

The Sierra Club's Savannah River chapter will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3501 Walton Way Extension.

Dr. Jason Andrus, an Augusta State University microbiologist, will present a program on stream bacterial sampling and the Richmond County Adopt-A-Stream program, including results of recent tests in local waterways. The public is welcome to attend.

Alzheimer's group has caregivers' workshop

The Alzheimer's Association will conduct a daylong workshop, "Dementia Care Training for Family Caregivers," from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 6 at The Gordon Club at Fort Gordon.

The workshop is designed to assist family caregivers and improve their knowledge and skills in caring for family members with Alzheimer's disease and other related dementias.

The workshop is free and lunch will be provided. Seating is limited, so registration is required. For more information or to register, contact the Alzheimer's Association at (706) 731-9060 or 800-272-3900.

Educators can apply for teaching grants

Washington Savannah River Co. is accepting applications from educators for its 2008 Excellence-In-Teaching Mini Grants program.

The program supports teaching by awarding grants to enhance science, mathematics and technology programs in the classroom.

Elementary and middle public school educators in Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell and Edgefield counties in South Carolina, and in Columbia and Richmond counties in Georgia, are eligible to receive grants of $500, $750 or $1,000. Teachers can obtain applications from their school principal or by calling program coordinator Angela P. Savoy at (803) 952-9120. Applications are also available at Applications must be received at SRS by Feb. 22.